Malditas top Hong Kong, make it to Asian Cup
The Philippine Malditas are through to the AFC Women's Asian Cup after notching their second of the qualifiers.
The Philippine Malditas are headed to India for the AFC Women's Asian Cup after besting Hong Kong, 2-1, in their final fixture of qualifiers on Friday at the JAR Stadium in Tashkent, Uzbekistan.
The Malditas wrapped up the qualifiers with two wins from two games.
Unlike their first matchup, the Filipinas opened up the scoring early in the first half. It only took 17 minutes for Tahnai Annis to find herself on the scoresheet through Rocelle Medano's assist.
The Philippines stayed aggressive, but were unable to double up on their advantage for the rest of the half.
Hong Kong gave the Malditas a lot to worry about after the break, when team captain Chung Pui Ki drew level through a free kick in the 61st minute.
However, the Filipinas were able to get the insurance goal late after Chandler McDaniel broke through the middle of the park and finished beyond the keeper in the 87th minute.
There was no late drama for the Philippines, as the Filipinas held on to the victory.
The Malditas return to action in the AFC Women's Asian Cup proper on January 20 in India. They join Asian giants China, Japan, Australia, and host nation India as qualified nations.